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Businesses can now use a new, cloud-powered API to build on top of WhatsApp to meet their custom needs. Meta has also revealed plans for a new premium service coming soon for companies.
WhatsApp has been updated with three new features: reactions, 2GB file transfers, and 512 member groups. The new features bring WhatsApp closer to Telegram in terms of the things you can do.
WhatsApp Beta UWP app is now getting a useful feature, allowing users to filter their chats to show messages from unread chats, contacts, non-contacts, and groups. It is available via an update.
The latest stable version of WhatsApp will allow voice calls with up to 32 participants, files as large as 2GB to be shared, private and end-to-end encrypted Communities, and emoji reactions.
WhatsApp's UWP app for desktop is missing several useful features that are available on other platforms. However, with the arrival of Archive Chats, the list of missing features has become shorter.
Message reactions for certain beta users are now available with the WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 update. The feature offers six reactions including Like, Love, Laugh, Surprised, Sad, and Thanks.
Meta-owned chat messenger company WhatsApp is currently working on a slew of new features, the ability to react to messages being one of those. The company will also bring it to WhatApp UWP.
WhatsApp is currently working on a plethora of new features, including new emoji shortcuts, and a new way to view media files on Android devices. These new features are currently in the testing phase.
Following the arrival of the WhatsApp Beta app on the Microsoft Store, the company has added several new features to improve the app experience. It gets even better with dark mode support.
It appears that the WhatsApp Desktop app available via the Microsoft Store is about to get a Windows 11 makeover soon. The development team has reportedly transitioned to WinUI 2.6 for this purpose.
WhatsApp pilots a cryptocurrency payment feature for a subset of its users in the US. The cryptocurrency feature is being powered via Novi integration, a digital wallet owned by Facebook.
Meta has added an option to WhatsApp that allows you to make new chats use disappearing messages by default. It has also added more options about how long a message should be visible before vanishing.
Uber has launched a chatbot for WhatsApp for ordering taxis in India. It will be rolled out in Lucknow initially before coming to New Delhi. Next year, it will arrive in the entire country.
Reliance's JioMart has partnered up with Meta's WhatsApp to offer Indians a new way to shop for groceries. Users can "tap and chat" using WhatsApp and get free delivery with no minimum order.
The new WhatsApp for Windows 10 and 11, which was spotted earlier today, can already be downloaded and tried out, if it works. The app is still in beta and is apparently based on the UWP framework.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has started generally rolling out the capability to enable end-to-end encryption of cloud backups. However, if you lose access to chats and your key, restoration is impossible.
In less than a week after a Facebook ex-employee testified before Congress about internal research at the firm, Facebook's representative said that a "take a break" feature would soon be added.
Telegram founder, Pavel Durov, has revealed that the platform saw 70 million new users sign up during the WhatsApp outage that struck on Monday. WhatsApp and Facebook were offline for several hours.
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have suffered a multi-hour outage meaning that users around the world are unable to connect. Facebook took to Twitter to tell users that it's working on the problem.
WhatsApp's upcoming feature will allow users to transcribe voice notes and audio messages. The feature is currently in development for iOS and should roll out to beta users in the near future.
WhatsApp's upcoming feature will allow users to hide their last seen, profile photo and about from a select group of contacts, giving them more control over their privacy on the app.
Ireland's Data Protection Commission has issued a €225 million fine to WhatsApp for violating GDPR rules. The DPC also said that WhatsApp will have to change its processes to align with GDPR.
Previously, Facebook has faced criticism for not taking action to stop online incitement. This time, the company has confirmed that it will ban Taliban-related content with the aid of a special team.
WhatsApp has announced that following some beta testing, "view once" media content is graduating to general availability. The self-explanatory feature follows an implementation similar to Snapchat.
WhatsApp has said that users can join ongoing group calls. In the past, you had to answer the phone while you were being called or you'd be left unable to participate in the call with the others.
Earlier this week, WhatsApp officially announced multi-device support and soon after the company started rolling it out to beta users. We took the feature for a spin to try it out for ourselves.
After more than a year of testing, WhatsApp is finally rolling out the ability to encrypt chat backups before uploading them to Google Drive offering extra security to WhatsApp users.
WhatsApp users with the iOS beta app will now be able to send photos and videos that disappear once they have been viewed with the latest "view once" mode along with a redesigned in-app notification.
Last year WhatsApp announced disappearing messages and the company is now taking it to next level by adding support for disappearing media that will be deleted once it has been viewed by the receiver.
Facebook unveiled new updates today including the upcoming launch of its Shops platform on WhatsApp in select countries and on Marketplace in the U.S. Instagram is also getting visual search and more.
The CDC has released a new Spanish-language text service for WhatsApp that can help people find out where they can be vaccinated. The tool also allows them to book a free ride to get the vaccine.
WhatsApp will soon let you access your account from up to four linked devices as part of a public beta. The service is also rolling out the "view once" and "disappearing mode" features soon.
WhatsApp has taken the Indian government to court over its new guidelines, citing that the rules will violate user privacy and will allow governments to mandate a new form of mass surveillance.
WhatsApp has been working on a feature that will allow users to mute notifications from archived chats. The feature was in the works for a couple of years and is now rolling out to Beta users.
WhatsApp has relaunched its digital money transfers for Brazilian users, although it only works for peer-to-peer transactions for now. Merchant payments are expected to launch sometime this year.
The law firm Foxglove is making a legal challenge against the British government because it's concerned that MPs are side-stepping archiving laws using self-destructing messages on chat apps.
WhatsApp has announced the official rollout of audio and video calling support for the Desktop app. The new addition will allow users to make calls directly from the Desktop app on Mac and PC.
Telegram has released a new major update to its messaging app, making it possible to export chats from other apps such as WhatsApp, Line, and KakaoTalk to have them stored on Telegram.
WhatsApp is rolling out an extra security feature that requires you to confirm your identity with face or fingerprint unlock on your smartphone when you access your account on desktop or the web.